Did you know you can put herbs in a fresh press, add water and drink the next day to improve your health? This type of strong tea left to steep for many hours is called an infusion and can be used like a daily multivitamin, made from REAL food!
This simple recipe starts with dried nettle leaf (like this) and oatstraw (like this). Simply combine about 1/2 cup of each herb into a 3-6 cup french press or large mason jar. Pour 3-4 cups boiling water over the dried herbs and leave for 8-12 hours (or overnight). Consume the next day or within 24 hours to get the benefits of this food sourced liquid multivitamin! Oh, and watch out– whole food nutrients are MUCH more potent than synthetic vitamins will ever be!
Nutrition Facts from Susun Weed:
Oatstraw– “Reduces high cholesterol, increases libido, and strengthens the nerves. A cup of oatstraw infusion contains more than 300 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of many other minerals. Its steroidal saponins nourish the pancreas and liver, improving digestion and stabilizing moods. Oatstraw is best known however for its ability to enhance libido and mellow the mood. Do be careful whom you share it with, or you may find yourself sowing some wild oats. In Ayurvedic medicine, oatstraw is considered the finest of all longevity tonics” (S. Weed, 2002).
Nettles– “Builds energy, strengthens the adrenals, and is said to restore youthful flexibility to blood vessels. A cup of nettle infusion contains 500 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of bone-building magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron, and zinc. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A, D, E, and K. For flexible bones, a healthy heart, thick hair, beautiful skin, and lots of energy, make friends with sister stinging nettle. It may make you feel so good you’ll jump up and exercise” ( S. Weed, 2002).
Weed, Susun S. “Healthy Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way.” Menopause-metamorphosis.com. Susun Weed & Ash Tree Publishing, 2002. Web. 20 May 2012.